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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 27 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    Legro13 Legro13 36-40, M 2 Responses Jul 26

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    Having experienced this disorder

    since I was 15, I've now accepted that this part of my personality. All my peers now understand my silly ways with trichotillomania, but this doesn't bring me any closer to stopping..
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M Aug 22

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    I am 17 years old and I have been pulling my

    hair out since I was in fifth grade. I joined this site hoping that I could find people around my age who live near me and have the same problem I do. I wear headbands all of the time to hide any bald spots and almost always wear it up because its difficult. I use to do softball...
    court14harris court14harris 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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    I have a lot of stress in my life.

    . I worry about the littlest things in life, Soon my stress led to hair pulling, and not very many people understand people with trich.. Many people say "just don't pull,," but see, it's an addiction.. It's like smoking, So far I haven't pulled in about... 24 hours. Which is...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 16

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    Took my wig off for a growth check.

    I feel great. I still have some work to do. Every year I get better with pulling in this area . I've accepted the fact that no matter how much of my hair grows or doesn't grow back, Trich will always be apart of me. Back when I was 12 this spot was the size of a human palm...
    niko031 niko031 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 16

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    Wow, I feel a little better

    after hearing about so many other people's stories that sound so similar to mine. My plucking started in second grade, at age 7 or 8, and it started with my eyebrows. I'd focus specifically on a few hairs and would end up accidentally digging little "holes" into my skin; my...
    tulipsunleashed tulipsunleashed 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    guyz i am a 26 years old man ,

    i suffered from pulling out my eyesbrow from 10 years ago , i went to many doctors to i took many medecine , nothing help me , the problem is in our mind , from 6 days ago i decided stop pulling or sucide , bc i look now so ugly , i dont trust myself , i hate my look , i spent 1...
    ramigreige ramigreige 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 1

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    I started pulling out my eyelashes obsessively

    in 3rd grade. It has been less consistent, but i still do it. We always thought it was just a bad habit or a side effect of my add medication.
    megsupermaherio megsupermaherio 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 7

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12

    Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really look like. Every day I make sure you don't see what I do every morning when I wake up and look in my bathroom mirror. Because I have a disorder that an estimated 2-4...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    In have trichotillomania.

    .. It sucks, people always say... "Just don't pull," but no.. It's not that easy.. It's like smoking, addicting, but it's ruining your look.. As a teenage girl this is really difficult.. I haven't worn my hair down in front of people in 5 years. I'm hiding myself, I'm hiding me...
    imnotperfectimme imnotperfectimme 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 10

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    Does anyone here know how I can overcome this ?

    any suggestions ? This is becoming serious ! :/
    Nayera Nayera 16-17 4 Responses Sep 2

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    I have been suffering from trich

    for 4 years and in those 4 years I have gone to 4 different schools because of bullies. This year I am going to a new school and I am determined to not pull my hair out this summer!
    hairlesscareless hairlesscareless 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 21

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    I first pulled occasionally in Kindergarten,

    before it building up to an everyday thing in second grade. I went to therapy in 4rth (for some reason in 3rd grade i had stopped?), and havent stopped since. I'm in 10th now. I also learned that as I got older, I developed Dermatillomania by picking my lip and scabs. I've...
    HardInHightown HardInHightown 13-15, F Jul 28

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    I've had this every since I was in preschool

    and it truly makes me feel insecure....I mean I am a female who has no eyebrows or eyelashes! I look completely hideous...I also get made fun of because I look diffrent from other kids. Girls use to laugh and bully me and take out their makeup bags saying "paint some eyebrows on...
    shecraze shecraze 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    Coping With My Ttm

    I've had trichotillomania for as long as I can remember, since sometime early in elementary school. I pulled out my eyelashes, and to this day, I can't help it. I would always get teased and picked on for it, and we all know how mean kids can be, so I know others can...
    TarePanda TarePanda 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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    7 Years and Im Almost Done

        First, I would like to name some things that I wonder may be the contributing factors to my problem.      I have abandonment issues for starters. My mother left me to be take care of by my grandparents when I was about two years old. She has...
    SamEsRaraAvis SamEsRaraAvis 16-18, F 2 Responses Jan 6, 2008

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    angel1014 angel1014 16-17, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I was picking my hair

    when I was 5-6. Then my parents cut my hair and I stopped picking. I still pick sometimes though.
    spacemonkeyea spacemonkeyea 18-21, F Aug 21

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    This is my first time really ever talking about

    my problem or even seeking out some type of support. I'm 24 years old and have been pulling my hair since I was 5. Nobody really knows how big of a problem it is for me. I've been blessed with crazy amount of thick hair so it hasn't been that noticeable until now. I shaved half...
    Icantcontrolit Icantcontrolit 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 14

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    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 30

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-18, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24

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    I'm a sophomore in highschool

    and I've had trich for almost 3 years now. I've been doing very good at my pulling and scab picking and since I'm experienced, I'd love to help out the younger ones or newbies before its too late, and befriend other girls my age. I'd hate to see anybody go through what I went...
    AubreeElise AubreeElise 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    Ok so I just had my Wisdom teeth out like 2

    days ago and I don't know if it is because of the sedation I was under or just the general stress of having something major like that done but I have been pulling like crazy!!! I usually pull in my sleep but the last couple of days I have caught myself when I'm wide awake...
    KJVgirl92 KJVgirl92 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    Anyone who has/had been pulling

    for a long time have any good tricks or methods that have helped them stop pulling? or at least pull less? Desperate for something that will work.
    kpmc612 kpmc612 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 27

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    I love plucking my leg hair out with tweezers.

    It hurts but I can't stop. I just love seeing the hair come out of the skin. I know it's weird. I know I have a problem. I jury started two days ago when I started pulling out my leg hair with my fingernails at the state fair.
    Kaylana333 Kaylana333 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 1

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    This is something I really want you all to read.

    Now this isn't something I learned from my therapist. nor some professional. This is something that I discovered deep inside, and it is a weapon for me, against trich. If you're reading this, I want you to take a couple minutes to think hard about the stuff that you're ashamed...
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    I'm tired of doing this!

    why can't i stop even though i really want to!!? i'm doing this to my self even though i don't want to do it! It all started when i was 14, i don't know exactly how it began, but i know that whenever something was worrying me, whenever my parents and i would fight, suddenly i...
    TheTurtleDove TheTurtleDove 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 25

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    I've just hit the 48 hour mark of not touching

    my hair...not easy, I've literally had to stop myself from reaching up, and several times thought "just once won't hurt". After 17 years making it just 2 days feels so awesome.
    starlit85 starlit85 26-30, F 4 Responses Jul 16

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    I've pulled out my hair since

    before I can remember. I've really tried had for the past year not to pull anymore as I pull it from underneath and my hair never looks like it grows any longer now. When I was little I use to pull it from the top and I ended up with a bald patch!
    monstahmash monstahmash 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 22

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    I had no idea it was

    so common. I started around 12..Im 25 now and still pulling. Surely if trichotillmania is this common they must be able to do more studies and find a cure..?
    airhands airhands 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 18

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    My lashes and brows now look fine with plenty

    of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner and mascara... But I still don't feel confident without it :/
    mblo2984 mblo2984 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    Hello trichsters, I am new to this site

    and would like to pose a question. I have had trich for a very very long time and of course have been trying to figure it out my entire life. I was just curious how many of you might have amalgams (silver tooth cavity fillings that contain mercury)??? Probably no connection...
    BlindAmbition BlindAmbition 31-35 4 Responses Aug 12

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    I started pulling when I was about 9 yrs old,

    I think I started doing it because I was put in a stressful situation. I remember the day a friend of mine noticed my eyelashes at school and it made me want to cry. For years I felt so alone, not making eye contact with people and being careful never to get too close...
    TPLove TPLove 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    123me321 123me321 13-15, F 4 Responses Apr 28

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    I Have Trichotillomania

    ive been having it since im was 14 years old and i am now about to be 17! ive been suffuring so much its been a real tuffs years especially at school ive always tried to cover it up it use to be jus a small little bald spot and now its half of my top head its really bad i try...
    sintia8 sintia8 16-17 4 Responses Apr 11, 2008

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    I started 'picking' when I was about 15,

    just starting high school. I recall on multiple occasions during that time of me picking to the point that I would leave piles of my hair beside my desk on the floor - Not realizing that I had been picking, and becoming very embarrassed. I was blessed with thick hair, so it took...
    JaidIsAWildflower JaidIsAWildflower 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 18

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    I think that doing this to myself was a symptom,

    not a disease. I pulled out all my eyebrow and eyelashes (and lots of hair in othe places too) when I was young and now I can see that I was very stressed and unhappy without being able to say what was wrong. It seems to me to be a kind of addiction to do with avoiding worse...
    dispossessed dispossessed 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    Majority of experiences i have read just

    confirm there is no hope. so many people saying they started when 11,12,13 and now into there 30s 40s and its still happening? Sorry but we are emotionally and mentally weak its our fault its our hands pulling our own hair out not our anxiety or depression.... willpower is the...
    goingcrazy64 goingcrazy64 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 17

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    Trichotilomania and Me

    My name is Michelle, I have Trichotilomania.  I delveloped this horrifying, self destructive habit when I was 29 years old.  My belief was that I developed is as a result of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Dissorder).  I was very very sick with a problematic pregancy...
    Chellestrick Chellestrick 36-40, F 24 Responses Nov 28, 2007

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 16-17 Mar 24

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    I can't remember a time

    when I wasn't struggling with Trich in my life. I'm 19 years old now, and my mom can still recall me ripping clumps out of my hair and making piles when I was just 3 years old. Over the years, my pulling places have varied- from the scalp, from my arms, even from my stomach or...
    kpmc612 kpmc612 18-21, F Jul 21

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-18, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    The Horror of Having to Disguise Yourself

    I'm Jordan and I'm fourteen. I've been pulling since I was about ten or so. I've pulled my scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows. I tried to hide it from everyone, I parted my hair a certain way, had strange makeup rituals, and made up lies that eventually got old. If someone tousled...
    jtwiggy jtwiggy 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 5, 2009

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 11

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    Today has been an especially hard one

    for me, seeing as I'm "attacking" my facial hair due to my depression causing me anxiety for no reason... might have to shave my face again. Battling this for the last 8 years has not let up at all...
    Austinforshort Austinforshort 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 12

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 34 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    Constant Urge to Pull

        i can remember the very first time i started pulling from my eyebrow; i was in third grade, at a new school and it was the day after my grandfather's funeral. after a while, i started pulling my eyelashes and i'd make little piles on my desk. i was so confused...
    holland1945 holland1945 19-21, F 11 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    Stroking and rubbing the new growth on my

    trigger spot. I've been 37 days pull free omg. My urges are so strong
    niko031 niko031 16-17, F Aug 2

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